Course Description

Spend 2 days with us in a highly interactive and fun learning environment featuring the latest evidence, clinical reasoning, and hands on skills in the management of patients with upper quarter pain musculoskeletal pain syndromes.  Learn from the experienced and talented faculty of the Temple DPT and Orthopedic PT Residency programs in our new state of the art classroom and lab space.  Take away cutting edge and innovative management strategies that you will be able to apply immediately to your clinical practice on Monday morning.

Course Outline

Each topic will feature a short ‘TED” style talk followed by discussion and hands on practice for a truly interactive learning environment.

Creating a therapeutic alliance and understanding patient from a biopsychosocial perspective.

Hands on or hands off? Integrating pain science with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise

Upper cervical spine: differential diagnosis of the patient with headaches and dizziness

Current concepts and controversies surrounding cervical spine manipulation

Cervical radiculopathy a manual therapy and pain science approach

Thoracic spine: regional interdependence and beyond

Special tests are not so special: Differential diagnosis of shoulder pain and the shoulder symptom modification procedure.

Is it Tennis Elbow?  Differential diagnosis and management of the patient with lateral elbow pain

Upper extremity entrapment neuropathies a manual therapy and pain science approach

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this conference, clinicians will come away with the following in relation to the management of patient with upper quarter musculoskeletal pain syndromes:

Sharpen your clinical assessment and diagnostic skills

Synthesize the current evidence with sound clinical reasoning

Apply and integrate current concepts from pain sciences

Enhance and refine your manual therapy skills

Integrate patient-centered functional exercise


Licensed physical therapist or DPT student.
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